Facing Hypocrisy and Persecutions
Warning against Hypocrisy (1-3)
Do Not Fear (4-7)
Confessing Christ (8-12)
True Riches (12:13-21)
Do Not Worry (12:22-34)
Beware, leaven, hypocrisy, do not
be afraid, more value, confess/deny, blasphemes against the Holy Spirit,
covetousness, rich toward God, do not worry, life/body, food/clothing, anxious,
seek, kingdom of God, treasure, heart.
2. Its influence spreads (e.g.
3. 1. So as to not be influenced
by the Pharisees. 2. To be ready to face the persecutions from the hypocrites.
4a. 1. The secret sins of
hypocrites will be disclosed. 2. The message of of the kingdom will be made
known (cf. Mt 10:26-27; Lk 8:17). Since no persecution can conceal the gospel,
the disciples should proclaim it fearlessly.
5a. While men may threaten to
harm us physically, only God has power over our eternal destiny.
7. 1. God will never forget us,
since He even watches over the sparrows and numbers the hairs of our head. 2.
We know that Christ will acknowledge us if we remain faithful to Him. 3. The
Holy Spirit will be with us and speak for us at the time of persecution.
9a. Speaking evil of the work of
the Holy Spirit. An example of this was attributing the miracle of Christ to
the power of Beelzebub.
9b. If anyone slanders Jesus
based on Jesus’ words, he may still repent later, accept Christ, and receive
forgiveness. But if he remains callous and chooses to slander Him even though
he has seen the power of God’s Spirit through the works of Jesus, then there is
no forgiveness (cf. Heb 10:26).
10. Seeking after abundance of possessions.
12. His heart was only on his
possessions and enjoyment, neglecting his spiritual needs and his lduty to
serve God. His life was self-centered rather than God centered (21). Not only
so, he was complacent about his life because of his great wealth. He thought
that he had many years ahead of him to enjoy himself, not realizing that his
life was to end that very night.
14. Rather than being concerned
about food and clothing, we should be concerned with what we are doing with our
lives and our bodies. Our lives do not consist of external things such as food
and clothing (cf. 15). But what we do with our lives and bodies will determine
the value of our existence. Therefore we must dedicate our lives and bodies to
carry out the Lord’s will. Doing so will make our lives truly meaningful.
15b. Faith in God.
17. As part of a “little flock,”
we may appear vulnerable and helpless. But we are heirs of the Father’s
kingdom. Our glorious future and God’s loving providence assure us that we have
nothing to fear.
18. To seek God’s kingdom is to
give God first place in our hearts by eagerly learning and carrying out His
will. Rather than storing up things for ourselves, we ought to obey God’s
command to love by giving generously to the needy.